Stand Upon Grace

Homesteading with heart~Cultivating the art of intentional living

Wildly Free Herbal Coffee

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What makes you feel wildly free?

Is it your morning coffee routine?  Or does your morning coffee routine make you feel bound and tethered to the pot, begging for immediate mercy?  The balance for me lies somewhere between wildly free, and somewhat bound and tethered on most days, if I am being boldly honest with myself.

I love my morning cuppa joe, savoring the sips of pungent fragrance, steam rising directly into my nostrils as I slowly breathe it in with each press of the mug to my  ready lips.  This morning ritual, for me, marks the beginnings of movement for the day.  It awakens and invigorates my senses, not because of the caffeine rush, rather it’s the awakening of my sense of sight as I gently pad warm bare feet over chilly winter floors enveloped in quiet darkness, lit by soft, glowing light, of smell as I grind the beans, quickly releasing the sharp, complex aroma of a rich roast, of touch as I fill the kettle and prepare the pot with loving intentions to gently nurture the household, of sound as the shrill whistle of the kettle signifies readiness, both for pouring and also for beginning of the day, and of taste as the first warm earthy-golden liquid meets my tongue, it’s as if heaven and earth have united, if only for a moment, allowing me to pause and savor first thing in the morning.  A beautiful way to start the day.

It is this that brings me back to my morning mug.  All is right and well with the world for me if I stick to my morning ritual, one truly fabulous cup of coffee.  It is when I go for gold, I get greedy, and keep returning to the pot for more, and more, that I fall into the bondage of the coffee trap.  Now dear friends please understand, I live in frozen tundra for several months of the year.  The NorthWoods of Minnesota is beautiful, rugged, and not for the faint of heart.  This is why a hot mug in hand is more than a luxury, it is a necessary part of nurturing both body and soul.  Plain winter survival around here.

Welcoming Wildly Free Herbal Coffee into my day transcends the coffee experience with none of the side effects of regular coffee for me, tension, jitters, tiredness, brain fog, blood sugar fall-out, dehydration, headaches, and adrenal stress.  Instead, I get to nurture myself with a beautiful latte any time of day and continue to feel fabulous, vibrant, and full of pure energy, clear, unfatigued, truly and wildly free.

This is my signature blend that comes from a strong desire to honor my need for a hot mug in hand that nurtures my body as well as my soul.  I love tea, but there are just times, especially in winter, that deeper bold roast is stimulating on the tongue and so, so, soul satisfying.

With roasted roots playing the leading roles, wild, hand harvested chaga rounding out the blend imparting a mellow earthiness, an option of raw cacao gives way to a choice in decadent mocha notes, if one should so desire.  Topping this blend with freshly made coconut milk and a splash of fire cooked maple syrup,  makes a full body experience of sheer and complete ecstasy.  Nurturing yourself never tasted so good.

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Wildly Free Herbal Coffee Blend

makes one 32 ounce french press

1 T. roasted chicory root

1T. roasted dandelion root

1T. powdered, or finely ground chaga

optional:  1T. raw cacao nibs

Gather all herbal ingredients, measure directly into French press.

Bring 32 ounces of water to boil in a kettle over high heat.  Remove from heat, carefully pour hot water over herbal blend into the French press.

Let steep 7-10 minutes, press, and pour.

To make a latte, pour half a mug of wildly free herbal coffee, top the mug off with freshly made frothy coconut milk and a splash of artisan maple syrup or honey.

Indulge with wildly free abandon.

Food + Sacred

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Your Body is a Temple.

The body is the house of our soul, the sacred temple that we get to live this one wild and wondrous life in.  It is a magnificent gift.  I invite you to explore the connection between how you feel internally, with what you are choosing to consume, the link between food + sacred.

What we eat, what we choose to put into our body matters.  How we fuel our sacred vessel is up to us as individuals, how we choose to nurture and nourish ourselves and those we love does make a difference.

The modern disconnect of our body from our hearts, minds, and spirits is coming to an end.  More and more, we are awakening to the idea of wholeness, of holistic wellness, interconnectedness, and becoming aware of what that means for us as individuals and a society at large.  No longer accepting the status quo, we are examining our own personal truths and how we can live them.  We are listening to the wisdom of our body, opening to a world of better choices, learning to trust in the circular rhythms of nature, and welcoming a homecoming of our sacred selves.

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For millennia food was considered sacred.  It was a gift.  It was understood that what we ate and how we nourished ourselves, impacted the energy, the vibrancy, the magnitude and fortitude to fulfill our soul’s purpose. The connection between food and sacred was understood.  It was honored, reverenced.  Food was medicine.  Food is quite literally, our lifeline. Food was prayed over with gratitude, it was blessed.  The sacred connection was honored through whispers of hearts.

So as not to be misunderstood, I am not speaking to creating a false idol of food, or worshipping food.  What I speak to is our connection to food, to ourselves, our divinity, our highest purpose and calling in this life.

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A sacred circle of nurturing ourselves and those we love in an elevated, holistic manner, cultivating and validating an intentional connection between what we choose to eat, how we nurture ourselves, directly correlates to our ability to live in a harmonious way resonating with the cycles of nature surrounding us.  Honoring the understanding that if we do not have the energy, the strength, health, and vitality that our soul’s purpose calls us to, we cannot fulfill the mission that we have been gifted with in this life.

For example, I cannot be the best mama I am capable of if I am feeling unwell, exhausted, and can’t think straight.  It has been my experience that what I put in my mouth directly affects my life, my energy levels, my health, and overall feelings of wellbeing.

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Imagine with me for a moment….

Imagine that you feel vibrant, fabulous, nourished, and nurtured. See yourself standing in the sunlight surrounded by a beautiful, bountiful garden, brimming with fresh, vibrant, living food growing with wild abandon in a perfectly organic way.  Feel the warmth of the sun on your hair,  your bare feet in the soft, fertile, moist soil, toes wiggle in as you inhale the aromatic earth releasing her perfume from beneath your feet.

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Inhale deeply.  Feel the electricity of the colors surrounding light you up from within.  Red ripe tomatoes ranging in rosy shades of crimson to warm ethereal mauve, brilliant yellows, moving into deep shades of chocolate.

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Chartreuse greens giving way to deep forest, break into bright neon that illuminates in the sun.  Waves of lettuce and greens dance ripples of joy in the gentle breeze.  Bees buzz softly, butterflies light and flutter effortlessly.

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Roots draw deep nutrition from the depths of soil and hold it within the quiet, waiting.  Berries, plump, fertile with nourishment, hang heavily from stem, ripe for the plucking.

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Now imagine that this is your food.  This bountiful goodness is how you choose to nurture and nourish yourself and your family.  How does that feel within your heart?  Does it speak gentle whispers of intrigue?  Or perhaps a resonating,  YES!  coming from soul level.

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Food was meant to awaken our senses, and ignite our passions.  It was intended to uplift and elevate our soul, to enliven and invigorate.  Food alights our sacred connection to the heavens and the earth.  It is our gift to nourish and nurture ourselves from within.  We have a conscious choice of what to fill our body with.  Whether you choose to grow your own food, or wisely choose from other intentional growers, gardeners, homesteaders, or small farmers, is up to you.

The important thing to understand is, YOU HAVE A CHOICE.

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I choose to live this personal truth by homesteading, intentionally growing, wild foraging, and preserving beautiful, organic food to nurture and nourish both body and soul.  It is a quiet revolution of peaceful activism.  I do not accept the choices deemed safe, nutritious, or healthy by others.  I choose to listen to the wisdom of my body, the whispers of my heart and the rhythms of mother earth.  She speaks of healing, renewal and vitality, she gently guides us to a better way, a more nurturing way of being, living, experiencing our sacred selves.  I choose to walk intimately with her cycles and my own.  I trust in her and my ability to nurture and nourish.

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In the still, dark, quiet winter season of planning, take a moment to explore with wonder and curiosity, to go deeper, feel into the space of reflection with openness the intention to search your heart’s desires, pray for guidance, and get clarity on what your personal truth is.  What does food + sacred look like, feel like, for you in your body, your sacred temple, in your home?  In what ways would you like to more deeply honor that connection?  Pause to create an intention around how you choose to nurture and nourish yourself and your family in the coming season.

When we choose to be intentional with how we nourish our bodies, we are honoring the wisdom of those who came before, of the sacred connection between our soul, our divine purpose, the planet we call home, and the temple in which we dwell.

How do you choose to nourish your sacred temple today?

Awakening

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The day broke strong and bright signaling the beginning of the weekend.  Warm humidity of melting snow permeated the air, and stirrings within me suggested strongly the possibility of the maple trees awakening, sap running.  Gathering my brace, hammer, and a few taps in my vest pocket, I stepped out into the melting snow, feeling the crystalline crunch beneath the leather on my feet–sugar snow.  My pulse quickens my steps, as though I can feel the stirring within, rising up from beneath, a rousing in the roots that have lay quietly sleeping.

It is not a long walk on the path of the sugar trail to the first maple. I can feel the certainty of unseen movement beneath the earth, under layers, beneath bark and skin, as I move along,  curiosity stirring in my bones.  I whisper a prayer, blessing, an offering of gratitude on my breath as my feet step deeply through soft, grainy layers of retreating snow.  Approaching slowly, reverently, bowing from within before the regal tree, honoring the sacred connection between creation and me.  Gently my hands caress, bringing skin to bark, asking silently where it is that she is willing to give from, where it is I may receive.

I close my eyes, breathe deeply her essence, lean in, and feel to where she guides.  Her wisdom is deep, I trust her knowing more than my own.  I see with eyes, as well as heart, the space that she provides to nurture, share her lifeblood, her sap.  I feel her readiness to open, to receive, to offer and give freely, all that she has to share, her longing invitation to nurture deep those who are waiting.

It is with whispers of prayers from softly parted lips, deep gratitude, and genuine love, that I place the first tap.  I open her slowly with gentle hands and notice the wetness, the dampness that signals all that she offers.  With heightening energy and emotion, she brings forth from within, her gifts.  The sap runs freely, wildly, gently, pulsing life echoing the pulse under my skin.

The awakening has begun.

Yoga Coaching + Soul Mentoring

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It is my humble honor to announce that I am now offering through this sacred space, yoga coaching, guidance, and soul mentoring.  Allow me to accompany you on your soul’s journey to embrace the life you envision creating.  Together we will explore what it is that you desire most, learn to connect and nurture your authentic self, bravely break through any blocks or barriers that may be holding you back, experience your sacred soul and divine connection, all while learning the language your body is speaking, and uncovering the messages she is waiting for you to hear.

Listen to the voice within.

It is my desire to serve and uplift others through sharing my soul’s work and journey, to help lead, empower, and guide you to connect with your inner wisdom, experience your sacred soul, and unite you with the divine spirit that dwells within.

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You are sacred.

I believe in the sacred divine that lives within our hearts.  I believe that we are all sacred, that we are born sacred, and die sacred.  I believe that in order to fully experience life and our highest potential we must tap into the sacred essence that is us.

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I long to help other women recognize, understand and embrace their sacredness, their  worth, their value, and their inner divine beauty. 

Know that you are loved and supported, beautiful one.

It is time for us to all to rise together and acknowledge that we are sacred beings living connectedly on sacred ground,  bring that awareness into light, and explore what gifts we can courageously share with each other.  Allow me to help you uncover your sacred soul’s purpose, your heart’s calling, and your unique, divine connection for your life.

Rise and shine.

Through yoga coaching and soul mentoring, meditation, intuition, prayer, mantra, affirmation, journaling, and other healing modalities specific to your needs, I will support and guide you on a soul level. As I hold the sacred space for you, we will work together to cultivate an intentional life, acknowledge your authentic self, find your own true north, and experience your connection to the everyday sacred.

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Welcome home.

Now that you are ready to step into your sacredness, open to your life, experience bountiful joy, recognize your voice, feel your authenticity, and your uniquely beautiful brave bold, I would be honored to hold the sacred space for your journey as your sister guide.

 

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A New Frontier

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I have often wondered when we have traveled down roads, what it must have felt like to be a pioneer in the days of new territories and lands undiscovered, wagons and horses, families, and critters all traveling together into the unknown promises of it all.  They packed it all up, gave away the extras, made provisions for people and animals, prayed over their journey, and then one day they loaded the wagon and started out.

Hearts full of the unknown, brimming promises of new beginnings, prosperous perspectives, faith that this is the way that they should go.  A path less traveled, but nonetheless they started out.  Looking for faint wagon tracks in the dust.  Whole families all in it together. All following a leading of heart, a whisper of God’s goodness, a promise of a new frontier.  Bonded together through thick and thin, not knowing exactly what they would encounter along the trail, but still they started out.

Today is that day for our family.

We are starting out.  The wagon has been packed, provisions made, prayers spoken, hopes and new frontier dreams brim our hearts.  Side by side, and hand in hand we will be making the journey.  All in for the long haul.  We don’t know quite yet what this new frontier will hold, this virgin territory of our lives, but we trust in God’s goodness that this is the way we should travel.

What this means for our happy little homestead is not quite clear, but is beginning with a new frontier.

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We have been keeping a little secret.  Nurturing the seed of an idea, that has been incubating quietly in our hearts.  We have been leaning in, learning, and taking inventory on what is really and truly important in our lives, and where our loyalties lie.  We have been talking more and more about what it is we believe, who we are, and who we are called to be.  We are beginning to see more clearly through the thicket, the path that is lying before us.

Prayers have been said, hearts have been sought, and wisdom searched for in the still moments.  This one glorious and beautiful life that we have been gifted with should be lived with intentional, meaningful, heart-filled work as we prepare to take the next steps in a new beginning for our lives, and also on this blog site.  It is a time of high creativity, love, excitement, yet also some trepidation.  What if we put it all out there only to be returned by blank stares and the chirp of a rogue cricket????

Faith is where we are at.

We are trusting the small quiet whispers of angels in our hearts, that this is the direction we should go.  We cannot see the outcome, but know in our hearts and our guts that this new beginning is where we must start.  Our home is changing.  With one child flown from our little cocoon nest the reality of this next season of life came with a sharp wind of change.

Our time here is never as long as it seems, and all the tomorrows seem so distant, yet the reality of it is, today is what matters.  All the plans and good intentions in the world matter not what the gift of today brings.  We love that our eldest child is independent, spreading his wings ready to soar, but it all caught us a little by surprise that the time, the whole of 18 years, could actually pass in a blink of a moment.

Wow.

So here we stand, my man and I, hand in hand, brimming hearts and burning gaze peering out over the horizon, wondering much like pioneers on the verge of a new frontier, where do we go from here….?

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The answer is forward, as we cannot turn back now, we’ve come too far.  The dust and dirt mixed with the laughter and tears of the trail muddies the tracks of where we have been, the miles we have walked together, the joys and sorrows that we have witnessed bonds souls deep, and moves us quietly forward to follow the subtle wagon tracks on the path that lies ahead.

We are pioneers of our own lives, and that of our family, on the cusp of a new frontier, trusting that the trail will bring the blessings as promised.  We have also come far enough to know that together we can, and we shall, walk along hand in hand, heart to heart.

 So pack your wagons, make your provisions, pray your prayers, and get ready to pioneer into a New Frontier alongside us as we journey together down the path less traveled.

Giddyup!!!!

Breathing Room

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Because we all need a little breathing room.

Some days it’s hard to breathe.  We lose our way, our connection to ourselves in the midst of stress, of the daily to-do’s, in the momentum of living in this fast paced life.  Let’s take the time to s-l-o-w.  Set the intention of slowing our pace, creating an awareness of peace, a quiet center to return to when life pulls you away from your true north, and the beauty of who you are.

Come home to your quiet center, return to basics, return to your breath.  Allow yourself a few moments to connect, get grounded, feel the peace within by nurturing an awareness of your breath.  Peace is accessible to us, anytime, anyplace, all we need do is remember it is there comforting us and surrounding us, invite peace to envelop you as you breathe it in.  Hold peace gently in your center and feel the support radiating out to hold you back.

Breathe Peace.  Be Peace. Peace is within.

I invite you to enjoy this beautiful, gentle guided meditation to nurture peace within your soul.

 

Peace Begins With Us

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Giant snow flakes float gently earthward creating softness surrounding our little homestead house.  Quiet white envelops us in a peaceful blanket spread smoothly over the valley.  It feels comfortable, a warm welcoming back to center, back to home.

Things in this world can feel overwhelming, especially if you are someone who feels deeply.  It can hit you like tidal waves, crashing into you like a wall of brick, smacking hard stinging skin and cracking bone, rolling you over into tumultuous seas, plunging directly into the depths of an ocean you had no idea was surrounding you.  Clinging and clawing, struggling to breathe, find footing on solid ground, lungs searing hot and longing for breath can leave you washed up on shore with sand plastered into hair and eyes, bruised and battered broken wanting desperately to know what just hit you.

Tsunami. Tidal Wave.

I welcome the gentle, the fresh, clean white of newly fallen snow.  Crisp air fills lungs and brings you back to the present moment.  Back to your quiet center, welcoming you back to home.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could stay here, in this peaceful place where all is quiet and well within our souls?  What if I told you, you could?  Would you believe me, or say it isn’t so?

Our natural state is peace.  We want to live in love.  When we are aligned and centered, and all feels good, natural, energetic, and connected, when love flows through us we are open and loving, peace permeates our hearts, bodies, minds, and lives.

We all get blindsided, thrown off track every now and again.

Even the most devoted, the most intentional, fall prey to the human condition and the state of the world around us.  Stress hits us hard, taking its toll, making us irritable, and robbing us of joy.  We cope daily with the challenges and stresses of our lives.  Holding a job, raising a family, nurturing relationships, managing businesses, and just plain ol’ daily life, not to mention all the chaos and changes that are going on in the world right now throw us off balance and cast us far away from our naturally peaceful, loving state.

How do we find balance and regain peace?

I once asked a teacher of mine this question.  It always felt like I would get a little taste, or a glance at what peace would look and feel like, then like a whitetail deer, that fleeting moment of an eyeblink, a flicker of tail, springing of muscle and flash of white, the feeling would be gone, elusive.  I will never forget what she told me.  She said, all you have to do is ask.  Peace is always there.  It sits quietly waiting for us to want it.

Huh.

I didn’t understand her answer with the depth that I do now.  Peace is permanent.  It is a part of who we are, our soul, whether we have experienced it or not.  Peace is ours.  It surrounds us, it’s visible and accessible in creation.  We can see it, feel peace, experience it in a quiet moment on a beautiful beach looking out over the vast expanse of the ocean, or a stillness that wraps around you at the peak of a mountain. Peace is snow falling gently enveloping our world in a softness that speaks by saying nothing.

So how do we cultivate peace in our own lives, in our souls, especially when it feels like the world around you is spinning out of control?

 

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First stop.  Ask for peace to become accessible to you.  Create an awareness of peace.  We cannot create or accept something that we do not acknowledge.  Practice peace.

Find a still place.  Slow your body to slow your mind.  Turn off electronics, and your phone.

Come to sitting in a chair, in a comfortable position with your feet flat on the floor, your spine straight, sitting up tall.  Feel your feet firmly connected to the earth below you, while the crown of your head reaches gently up toward the sky.

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Place your hands on your abdomen, fingers spread across the lower belly.

Close your eyes or find a focal point, soften your gaze and relax your eyes.  Relax and release your lower jaw, allowing the molars to part a bit creating space in the back of your mouth, and your tongue to settle into the base of the mouth.

Bring your attention to your breath.  Breathing in and out through the rings of the nostrils begin to gently deepen your breath, drawing the breath into the abdomen allowing your belly to round and expand as you inhale.  Feel your fingers spread gently across your abdomen as the breath fills your belly.  Allow your belly to round and expand filling with breath. Pause and hold the breath with gentle awareness.

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Exhale slowly through your nose, contracting your abdominal muscles to gently squeeze the breath out of the belly.  Feel your hands on your belly, fingers come back together as the air slowly releases from your lungs.

Inhale gently again through the nose, allowing the belly to round and fill with breath.  Bring your attention to your hands feeling them expand over the abdomen.  Pause the breath when your belly is fully rounded, filled with breath.  Count slowly to three.

Exhale slowly to release the breath through the nose, drawing the belly toward the spine to gently squeeze the breath out of the belly to exhale fully.

Continue to breathe slowly and intentionally in this manner.  As you begin to feel comfortable with the breath, cultivate an awareness of peace.  This may be an image, a feeling, or an experience to help you connect with the peace that surrounds us.  With each inhalation breathe in peace.  Allow peace to expand with your muscles as you inhale.  Hold that feeling of peace gently in your center with your belly rounded and expanded.  Allow the feeling of peace to expand outward from your center.

As you slowly exhale, release anything, thought, feeling, image, or idea that is not peaceful.  With each inhalation continue to breathe in peace, allowing the feeling of peace to permeate you, envelop you, support you, and become part of your being.  Feel fully surrounded, supported, loved and connected to peace.  Continue to exhale and release any stress, negativity, and non-peaceful ideals that you may be holding onto.

Breathe and let go.

Breathe and receive peace.

Peace is in us.  Peace surrounds us.  We are peace.  Peace begins with us.

 

 

The Sacred Everyday

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Sunshine dances across diamond dunes outside the homestead kitchen window.  Late afternoon stretches across shadows as light plays fairy-like ascending into ether. Sparkling crisp breezes call my soul out of doors, while my mind and body tend to the bread rising and baking in the oven.  Comforting wisps of fragrant ferment permeate the air and tickle nostrils, reminding me to slow, and allow the process.  The sunshine pulls on my heartstings, as I know how fickle it can be, yet I breathe in the smells of fresh bread baking in our homestead kitchen and know in my bones, that the unfolding of time for sunshine will come.

All this reminds me of the inner conversation I have been having with myself, the unfolding of a new awareness, a new pattern, an expedition inward to find what I hold sacred, what I am coming to know are non-negotiables, the everyday sacred, and how to create the space  to hold them with intention.

We are all souls living a very human experience.  Our physical body is the home for our soul, our temple, our link to our source.  Our connection to God.  How we view and care for the body we were given for this trip around the sun, refracts into our soul, and reflects in our lives.  Learning to live this takes time, more so for some than others, and intentional action.

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Self-care does not come naturally to most, especially in this age of fast paced technology.  The energetic drain is like a slow leak, a dripping faucet, that slowly depletes both body and soul.  Joining the drops of water from a slow leak are tributaries of energetic rivers moving at mock speed, especially if you just so happen to be a type A personality, a people pleaser, a go-getter, a hard worker, a driven to the point of cracking your own whip over a bruised and bloodied back.  Rather than a slow leak, dripping constant, you now have a raging river, whitewater style, an outlet of energy rushing away from you.  So where do you begin when you realize you need to stop the leak before it sweeps you out to a tumultuous sea?

Creating calm waters within your own soul, and in your life takes practice.  It requires you to take inventory, size up what makes you feel connected, peaceful, content, and joyful.  What brings you energy, and what is draining you.  What in your life are you ready to let go of to make space for something new.  Whether that newness is of spirit or manifests itself in a new choice, decision, or pattern matters not, they are both one in the same.  Most often creating the space for the waters to calm, opting for peace, choosing more of what feeds your soul will allow things to slow, time to appear, and energy to renew.

For me, these are becoming my non-negotiables.  The everyday sacred that I need to be the best me I can.  When I make time to do the things that I need to do to care for me, time and space open up to give more of my best self to those I love, and even to those who I meet on the street, or in the grocery store.  When I  maintain my everyday sacreds, the blocks are lifted, stress is released and relieved to free and open my heart, so love can flow through me nourishing myself, and others around me.

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I have long held the pattern of caretaking.  Making sure that everyone’s needs are met, but not so much my own.  I always put off the shower when the babes were in that stage of needing constant care, I put off my own feeding to nourish others, grabbing whatever I could in between, never being conscious of feeding my body, let alone nourishing myself. Recognizing and understanding this pattern helps me to remember to take care of me as well.

My yoga practice was my sacred everyday through the season of babies, and still is my lifeline, my self-care routine, my soul care.  Time on my mat combat the stresses and the exhaustion that can come with mamahood, and open me instead to the joy of being present as a mama.  Time spent in nature has always soothed my soul, left me with a deep peace and connection to the divine presence that is creation.  Meditation, prayer, and devotion allow me to fill the well, deepen my faith and trust that the entire universe is supporting me, lifting the weight of the world from my shoulders.  And when all else fails, music sings my soul, dancing motivates a deep release, reminding that we are here on this earth for a purpose, to connect with each other, to experience and share joy. I continue to need the routine of intentionally and repeatedly choosing peace, embracing love rather than fear, creating space to breathe, and consciously releasing that which is no longer serving me.  This sacred act of choosing frees me to elevate and uplift myself and others.

I believe that we are always learning, healing, and revealing new layers or levels of this expansion of expression into our lives.  Sometimes to learn something deeply, we must experience a depth that may be uncomfortable.  God guides us to the healing, into the light, allows us to choose peace, or fight against it.  Sometimes life happens and we forget  the sacred everyday holds us together, makes us who we are, completes us, and we let it go in ways that trickle downward eroding away the solid foundation we have built.  The trickle builds and soon giant waves are crashing down, washing away everything we thought we had.

This is when I remember and cling to the everyday sacred.  Those practices that hold the space for healing and renewal.  For me, I have come to know, and am coming to know with greater depth of certainty, that these are the things that calm the raging waters, slow the leak and buoy me through the day, elevating me above just surviving, but allowing me to thrive.  Find joy.  Breathe peace.  Serve with love and compassion.  They allow me to participate fully, body, mind, and soul with the moment at hand, and be the best most lovingkind self I can be.

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Here is a list of my Sacred Everyday.

Yoga

Meditation

Prayer

Spiritual/devotional reading

Outside Everyday, movement in nature.  Skiing, walking, snowshoeing, breathing.

Heartfelt time with my hubby and kids.  Screen free, looking into eyes, speaking soul to soul.

Nurturing myself and my family in the kitchen.  Passionately cooking and creating together.

Creativity.  Writing, crochet, sewing, creating.

Music.  Sings my soul, elevates and unites.

Dancing.  Movement creates spontaneous joy and allows me to fully experience my physical body in a creative and healthy way.

I invite you here to reflect, make a list and acknowledge, What is your Sacred Everyday?  Those practices that hold the space for healing and renewal?  What would you like to cultivate in your life, more peace, more love, more joy, more quality time with friends and family, health or wellness, or more creativity?  What sings your soul, fills your well, and elevates your spirit?

The Artisan Kitchen

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Many of you may have noticed a while back that I added a new page.  It was time to act on a desire to create a recipe index, to make finding our whole foods recipes a simple task.  I needed to just begin, as it has been on my very long list of things to get to for longer than I would care to admit.  So I did it.  I created the page.  I took that first step, and I began.

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Since that initial beginning, it has looked pretty quiet over at the artisan kitchen for quite some time now, but I am pleased to announce that I have been working diligently behind the scenes to breathe life into this fledgling creation.  I have added many links to existing recipes here on the blog, hoping to make it a littler easier to access your favorites, and plan to continue creating and publishing nourishing recipes that encompass our families’ food values.  Whole, mostly organic, plant and pasture based with a strong traditional influence, allow us to nurture and thrive on this beautiful homesteading path.  This is what meets the criteria within our artisan kitchen.

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I would love to support and encourage you on your whole foods journey and plan to continue to grow our list of recipes as we share this space with other kindred souls.  Beautiful, whole, deeply nourishing food is one of the main motivations behind our homesteading lifestyle. Unprocessed, untainted, old-fashioned food the way it was intended.  Knowing where our food comes from, pasture or garden, woods or field, directly to our family table allows us to be accountable to ourselves and also the marvelous world around us.  Simple, basic, bursting with taste, and flavored with salt, smoke, herbs, and spices allows the natural beauty of the food to shine through.  It is in sharing my journey in the artisan kitchen with you that I hope to inspire you to create for yourself and your family alongside me.

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I invite you now to head on over to The Artisan Kitchen, check it out, find some inspiration, and join me.  If you will, in the comments, let me know what you think, and what you would like to see more of in the future as we expand and grow.

Creating an Intentional Life

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What is it that you desire?  What brings you joy?  What would you like to spend more time, and energy on, or what would you love to spend your time doing?  These are some of the questions we should ask of ourselves, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly perhaps as we begin a new cycle again.  Taking regular inventory of where we are right now, in this very moment, and what it is we would like to create, live, and be.

Creating an intentional life does not happen by accident.  It takes time to gain clarity, focus, and purposeful planning to create the space to make the changes that you would like to see and live.

Maybe there is something whispering to you that you would like to do, to pursue.  You have heard the quiet call, your heart and body answers, “YES!”  by lighting up when you think of it, a zing of energy rises up within you and you think, ” THAT would be AWESOME!!!!”

……ah but maybe someday…..

I don’t have time right now.

I don’t have the energy right now.

I don’t have the money right now.

I don’t know how right now.

Maybe when the kids are older.

OOOOooooo, and my personal favorite….what would people think?

And on it goes.

The list of impossibilities that run through your mind, that limit your beliefs, your actions, your potential, your life.

LET’S STOP RIGHT THERE.

Take a moment to consider how you would feel if you were doing, or taking steps to creating what it is you would like to do.  Let’s remember that when something lights you up and brings you joy it is a part of who you are, and why you are here.  It is a part of your soul’s purpose, your calling, why you are here at such a time as now.

You have something to contribute.  Often it is the case that what we are being called to do, or try, or create, is directly linked to enriching our own lives and the lives of others.  Even if it seems unrelated, or unimportant.

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If you are feeling compelled to try a yoga class, it may be calling to you at a soul’s level to help you heal your body so you can have the strength and stamina to pursue your true calling, or you may learn that helping others to heal and rise up to their full potential is something you would love to do.

Homesteading may be calling you.  Learning about what it is that is you value in this lifestyle may help you find a starting place.  Perhaps having access to fresh, organic, Non-GMO food is the catalyst for you.  Plant a garden, or take a class on making fermented foods, and see where that leads.  Learn about raising chickens, sharing fresh eggs with neighbors may create connections that otherwise may not have been realized.

You may have dreamed of being a writer.  Your story, your message, your light is waiting to be shared with the world.  Begin today.  Start a journal, a blog, write daily, devote yourself to the practice of writing.  Join a writer’s circle.  Actively seek your dream.

Maybe that knitting you would like to do will lead you to teach a meditative movement class, or donate hand-knit baby items to those in need. You can nurture yourself and others with woolens made from the heart.

Perhaps you would like to teach.  What is it that you are passionate about?  What would you like to share with others?  Remembering that if you truly want to learn something, teach it.

Is there a new recipe that you would like to try, or new approach to cooking that you would like to learn?  Gather ingredients and gusto, find a class, or a friend to help you on your path, it may nourish you and your family in unexpected ways.

Getting your home organized, cleaned and sorted, leaves you with space and energy to open yourself up to other creative opportunities, a clean slate, a fresh start.

Homeschooling may be whispering to your heart, calling you and your family.  Make a connection with another homeschool mama, and over coffee explore the possibilities that this path may hold for you.

Perhaps it is self-care that is calling to you.  Maybe it is time to prioritize your health and wellbeing and schedule that weekly massage, start a meditation or yoga practice, a spiritual practice, join a church group or a gym, get out in nature, spend time reading, knitting, sewing, or nurturing yourself through cooking.  Make that phone call or meet with a beloved friend for coffee.  When we take time to acknowledge the needs of our own selves, and tend to our souls, rather than over-caffeinate, ignore, and push through until exhaustion or sickness sets in, we have more time and energy to love and care for others, and to create an intentional life.

Creating an intentional life, a purposeful and creative life that fills you up, and allows you to expand and grow takes action steps.

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Ask yourself these simple questions.

What calls to me deeply when I am in a quiet space?  What whispers to your heart when you find a calm and quiet space to listen?  Just be clear and open to listen.  What is it that you could do, where could you go, who could you help, how could you serve?

What dream is it time to realize?  No matter how crazy, far flung, or intangible it may seem, taking steps toward that dream is the only way you will live it.

What brings me joy? What Lights me up with energy and enthusiasm?  (Joy is different than momentary happiness and or comfort…Joy is deeper, it comes through you, and connects and aligns you at a soul level.  Joy feels like you have come home.)

Once you are clear on what it is you would like to create in your life, it is time to take action.  Make it a priority.

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Action Steps

What can you do today, right now in this very moment to pursue your creation?  It may be as simple as making a phone call, a connection to open the path to where you would like to go.  Do some research, see what it is you need to do to start.  Transfer money into an account, (even if it is $10 dollars),  designated to realizing your dream or goal.  Find a class.  Start learning.  The important thing is to just breathe and begin.

After you have taken your first step, plan the next.  Carve out a plan to help keep you moving forward toward your goal.  Be intentional.  Schedule time and make it a priority.  Use a planner, an app, or a post it, the important thing is to find a method that works for you to keep you motivated and moving. It is easy to allow other things to take up the time and energy you would like to spend on creating your intentional life, you must create the space for it in your life, the space will not magically appear.

Starting and creating take devotion and a willingness to show up and dedicate yourself to what it is you desire.  Plan a minimum of 10 minutes a day to doing what brings you joy and moves you forward on your path to realizing your goal.  Commit to 21 days, and see where that leads you.  I am willing to bet that in that time, you will have begun to create some unbelievable connections, pathways, feelings of wellbeing and purposeful energy, and be on your way to creating an intentional life.

So friends tell me, in the comments below, how do you plan on creating an intentional life?

 

 

 

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